Thin Red Lines, Black Metal and More New DVDs

A look at what's new on DVD today: "The Thin Red Line" (1998) Directed by Terrence Malick Released by Criterion Collection No, you won't be getting the hours of deleted Adrien Brody or George Clooney footage from Malick's World War II epic, but this Criterion version is most certainly an upgrade from the previous bare-bones DVD edition with 14 minutes of outtakes, new interviews with Sean Penn and composer Hans Zimmer, among others from the cast and crew, an audio commentary with cinematographer John Toll, production designer Jack Fisk and producer Grant Hill and more. "7 Days" (2010) Directed by Daniel Grou Released by MPI Home Video French Canadian horror author Patrick Senécal adapts his own novel to celluloid about a doctor (Claude Legault) who intercepts the man (Remy Girard) who raped and murdered his young daughter and turns the tables on him in a cabin in the woods. With a résumé including TV series like "Vampire High," Daniel Grou, known in some circles by the nickname Podz, seems like the right man for the directing gig, making his feature debut here. "Babies" (2010) Directed by Thomas Balmes Released by Focus Features French filmmaker Balmès' globetrotting documentary follows the development of four infants in four separate countries. From the womb to the first time they stand upright, the film shows toddlers from Namibia, Tokyo, San Francisco and Mongolia during their first few months of life. "Carcasses" (2009) Directed by Denis Côté Released by Vanguard Cinema A selection of the Cannes Directors' Fortnight in 2009, Canadian helmer Côté blends fiction and nonfiction to tell the story of Jean-Paul Colmor, the owner of a junkyard for used cars in Quebec who takes in four teens afflicted with Down syndrome. "Cat City" (2008) Directed by Brent Huff Released by MTI Home Video Julian Sands, Rebecca Pidgeon and Brian Dennehy star in this thriller about a hotshot real estate developer whose affair with his wife's law partner spirals out to affect a shady business deal the two have plotted, ultimately leading to murder and mayhem. "Chasing 3000" (2008) Directed by Gregory Lanesey Released by Maya Entertainment Set in the 1970s, Trevor Morgan and Rory Culkin star as brothers who hit the road with the hopes of seeing Roberto Clemente notch his 3000th hit for the Pittsburgh Pirates, a journey that takes on a more noble purpose when Culkin's Roger starts to succumb to muscular dystrophy. Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly co-star in this coming-of-age drama."Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky" (2010) Directed by Jan Kounen Released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Now available to be enjoyed as the second half of a double feature with last year's Audrey Tatou starrer "Coco Before Chanel," Sony Pictures Classics' other acquisition concerning the French fashion designer stars Anna Mouglalis as Chanel on the eve of the great success of her famed fragrance Chanel No. 5 as she indulges in a torrid love affair with Igor Stravinsky (Mads Mikkelsen), whose career is on the wane, after the death of her lover Boy Capel. (Aaron Hillis' interview with Mikkelsen is here.) Fangoria Frightfest The legendary horror fan magazine is breaking into the branding distribution business (a la After Dark) with a collection of frightening flicks that were festival staples in recent years including the Jeffrey Combs haunted house thriller "Dark House", the simply titled "Pig Hunt" from "Skinwalkers" director Jim Isaac, the psychological drama "Hunger", the Michael Madsen-starrer "The Tomb", the Spanish drama "The Haunting", the Australian rampage thriller "Road Kill", and the Keri Russell-Thomas Kretschmann truth-based "Grimm Love". "Frozen" (2010) Directed by Adam Green Released by Anchor Bay Films With "Hatchet 2" about to hit theaters, Green's other 2010 horror film is already hitting DVD, telling the story of three friends whose ski vacation turns into a nightmare when they become stranded on a chairlift. "Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema" (2010) Directed by Ralph Ziman Released by Anchor Bay Films Writer/director Ralph Ziman uses South Africa as the setting for the "Scarface"-like tale of two teens in Johannesburg who rise through the criminal underworld to escape the life in the slums. (Bruce Bennett's review of the film is here.) "Get Him to the Greek" (2010) Directed by Nicholas Stoller Released by Universal Home Entertainment Russell Brand's debaucherous rocker Aldous Snow gets his own film with this "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" spinoff from writer/director Nicholas Stoller that sees Snow as the unwilling charge of Jonah Hill's lowly music company intern, who must accompany the rocker from London to Los Angeles in 72 hours. "The Girl From Cortina" (1994) Directed by Maurizio Vanni and Isabel Russinova Released by Mya/Ryko Distribution Vanessa Gravina stars as a frightened young woman who comes back home to escape the literal and figurative ghosts of her past, only to find that some horrors she hasn't been able to leave behind. "Good" (2008) Directed by Vicente Amorim Released by National Entertainment Media Long delayed on DVD because of the legal woes of its now-bankrupt distributor ThinkFilm, this World War II-set drama stars Viggo Mortensen as a literature professor who finds himself caught up in the Nazi party. Jason Isaacs and Jodie Whittaker co-star. (Aaron Hillis' interview with Mortensen is here.) "Harlow" (1965) Directed by Gordon Douglas Released by Olive Films Carroll Baker stars in this biopic of the 1930s blonde bombshell Jean Harlow, co-starring Peter Lawford, Red Buttons and Angela Lansbury. "The Haunting Cinema of Frantisek Vlacil" Directed by Frantisek Vlacil Released by Facets Multimedia Czech filmmaker Vlacil gets a double feature of his humanist dramas, 1970's "Adelheid," about a soldier's affair with his servant, and 1960's "The White Dove," about a young boy who nurses a pigeon back to health. "Helen" (2008) Directed by Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy Released by Vanguard Cinema A vet of Telluride and Thessaloniki Film Festivals, this British drama centers on an 18-year-old woman whose role as a stand-in for a police investigation into a local murder leads to soul searching in her own life after realizing the victim had the life she never got a chance at as an orphan. "I Want Your Girl" (2009) Directed by Miks Ozolins Released by Osiris Entertainment "Indecent Proposal" done up country style, Lochlyn Munro stars in this comedy about a man who is offered $1 million to leave his significant other with a farmer (Robert Pike Daniel) after they're stranded by a thunderstorm on his land. "I'm Gonna Explode" (2008) Directed by Gerardo Naranjo Released by MPI Home Video Brought to you by producers Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, Naranjo's unusual romantic drama sees two teens hit the road after serving detention for a talent show prank to free themselves from a world in which they feel like misfits. "The Iron Bodyguard" (1973) Directed by Chang Cheh Released by Media Blasters Another kung fu epic to emerge from the Shaw Brothers vault, "Iron Bodyguard" follows a rebellious security guard (Chen Kuan Tai) who fights on behalf of the criminals he believes have been wronged during the Ching Dynasty. "Iron Man 2" (2010) Directed by Jon Favreau Released by Paramount Pictures Robert Downey Jr. reprises his turn as Tony Stark in the Jon Favreau's follow-up to the 2008 superhero extravaganza that firmly believes the more the merrier with the addition of Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and Mickey Rourke's Whiplash into the mix. (Matt Zoller Seitz's review for the film is here.) "The Kid: Camacho" (2009) Directed by Miguel Necoechea Released by Maya Entertainment Martin Sheen stars in this boxing drama about an estranged father and son (Kirk Harris) who make up for lost time by training a younger fighter (Alex Perea). Who else but Michael Madsen co-stars in this film from Miguel Necoechea. "Knock on Wood" (1953) Directed by Norman Panama Released by Olive Films Olive Films dusts off this Paramount comedy that stars Danny Kaye as a ventriloquist whose puppet gets jealous when his fiancée enters the picture, a problem that snowballs into international intrigue when the puppet's maker turns out to be a spy who hides secret documents in the ventriloquist's suitcase on his trip to Zurich. "The Killer Inside Me" (2010) Directed by Michael Winterbottom Released by MPI Home Entertainment Not that the "24 Hour Party People" director is ever dull, but the always provocative Winterbottom may have won some new admirers (and detractors) with this adaptation of pulp writer Jim Thompson's noir about a quietly deviant West Texas sheriff (Casey Affleck) responsible for a series of murders he's charged with investigating. Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson co-star as the women in his life. (Alison Willmore's review and interview with Winterbottom are here.) "The Law" (1959) Directed by Jules Dassin Released by Oscilloscope Laboratories Oscilloscope does their best Criterion impression with one of the few Jules Dassin films to escape their grasp, this Gina Lollobrigida/Marcello Mastroianni thriller about a woman who pits the men in her small Mediterranean town against each other in a drinking game for her hand in marriage. The two-disc set includes the uncensored European cut of the film, an audio commentary from David Fear, two new documentaries, an interview with novelist Roger Vailland and an alternate ending. "Madman: 30th Anniversary Edition" () Directed by Released by Navarre Corporation A dumb camp counselor (Tony Fish) makes the mistake of shouting out the name of a serial killer in the woods, who in turn wreaks havoc on the campers in this slasher film from director Joe Giannone's that celebrates its 30th annirversary with a new 90-minute making of documentary, an audio commentary from the late Giannone and more. "Mercy" (2008) Directed by Patrick Hoelck Released by MPI Home Video Scott Caan wrote and stars in this drama about an author who, after a particularly messy break-up, reexamines all the relationships in his life, including one with his estranged father (real-life dad James Caan). Like the younger Caan, first-time director Hoelck comes from a background of still photography. Erika Christensen, Troy Garity and Whitney Able co-star. "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" (1983) Directed by Nagisa Oshima Released by Criterion Collection To compliment Nagisa Oshima's World War II drama that sees David Bowie as a POW held captive by fellow rocker Ryuichi Sakamoto, Criterion Collection put together a package that includes a 1983 making-of documentary on the film, a doc on the author Laurens van der Post, who inspired the film, and new interviews with producer Jeremy Thomas, screenwriter Paul Mayersberg, Tom Conti, and Sakamoto, among other goodies. "The Misfortunates" (2009) Directed by Felix Van Groeningen Released by Synergetic Distribution Belgium's official entry to this year's Academy Awards, Felix Van Groeningen's drama would've been one of the unlikelier nominees ever had it made it into the top five as it tells the story of a 13-year-old left to live with his father and three uncles and engages in their shameless behavior of drinking and sleeping around with every woman in their tiny town. "Nightmares in Red, White & Blue" (2010) Directed by Andrew Monument Released by Kino Video Based on Joseph Maddrey's book of the same name, Monument's documentary features interviews with legendary horror filmmakers John Carpenter, George A. Romero, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante and more to provide an oral history of the genre and insight into its enduring appeal. "The Oath" (2010) Directed by Laura Poitras Released by Zeitgeist Video Following the Oscar-nominated "My Country, My Country," Poitras completes the second in her so-called post-9/11 "New American Century" trilogy with an investigation into the lives of Abu Jandal and Salim Hamdam, brothers-in-law who became involved in al Qaeda during the '90s and saw their lives change dramatically, as the rest of the world did on that fateful day. "Once is Not Enough" (1965) Directed by Guy Green Released by Olive Films One of "Valley of the Dolls" author Jacqueline Susann's lesser known film adaptations stars Kirk Douglas as a movie producer who enters into a loveless marriage to a wealthy woman to appease the spending habits of his daughter, but the plan winds up backfiring, sending her into the arms of two men he can't stand. "Paintball" (2009) Directed by Daniel Benmayor Released by MPI Home Video First-time feature director Benmayor finds the thrills in a game of paintball that becomes all too dangerous as a team of urbanites out on a woodsy retreat find a traitor in their midst. "Perrier's Bounty" (2010) Directed by Ian Fitzgibbon Released by MPI Home Video "A Film With Me In It" director Ian Fitzgibbon is once again up to a mischievous bit of business armed with an all-star cast for this Dublin-set crime caper. Cillian Murphy stars as Michael, a man whose problems tending to a suicidal best friend (Jodie Whittaker) he pines for and his estranged, sleep-deprived father (Jim Broadbent) are a mere pittance compared to the debt he owes to a local crime lord (Brendan Gleeson) who comes to collect. A wild 48 hours follow in this film penned by "Boy A" and "Intermission" scribe Mark O'Rowe. "The Prankster" (2010) Directed by Tony Vidal Released by Strand Releasing Vidal's comedy centers on a secretive group of high schoolers who get vengeance on teachers and bullies with elaborate pranks, but as graduation approaches, the group's leader starts looking beyond saran-wrapping toilets and toilet-papering trees. "Suck" (2009) Directed by Rob Stefaniuk Released by E1 Entertainment Touring becomes a bitch for a rock band called The Winners in this comedy from Canadian helmer Stefaniuk that unfolds when their bassist (Jessica Paré) is bitten by a vampire, threatening the rest of the group. Good thing Malcolm McDowell shows up as the vampire hunter Eddie Van Helsing to set things straight. "Sweet William" (1980) Directed by Claude Whatham Released by Olive Films Sam Waterston stars in this British-set drama about a playwright by day and playboy by night who doesn't waste time - on the eve of his second divorce, he pursues an affair with an engaged woman (Jenny Agutter) who is only partially receptive to his advances. "Until the Light Takes Us" (2009) Directed by Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell Released by Factory 25 Aites and Ewell embedded themselves in Norway to definitively chronicle the rise of black metal, a brand of music that became a phenomenon as the scene was rocked by suicides, murders and charges of Satanism during the mid-'90s. "Videocracy" (2009) Directed by Erik Gandini Released by Lorber Films Gandini takes on current Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi with this incisive documentary about how he built his empire appealing to the lowest common denominator on the many television stations he owned and ultimately using the power of his platform to hoist himself into the upper echelons of power. (Matt Singer's review is here.) "Warrior Swordsmen In Double Flag Town & Journey To the Western Xia Empire" Directed by He Ping and Lu Wei Released by Facets Multimedia This martial arts double feature is a rare foray into the genre for Facets, who uncovers Ping's "Warrior Swordsmen in Double Flag Town," about a teenager who arrives with intentions to marry and leaves a murderer, and Wei's "Journey to the Western Xia Empire," which centers on a mother who follows her son into battle when the emperor sends them off to war. "Willi Tobler and the Decline of the 6th Fleet" (2008) Directed by Alexander Kluge Released by Facets Multimedia In Kluge's unique low-budget brand of sci-fi, Willi Tobler (Alfred Edel) is a man who gives up everything during an intergalactic war - his wife, his child and all his belongings - to join the powerful 6th Fleet, but learns that his life was far richer before. [Additional Photos: "Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky," Sony Pictures Classics, 2010; "I'm Gonna Explode," IFC Films, 2009; "The Misfortunates," NeoClassics Films, 2009; "Suck," D & E Entertainment, 2009]